The National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL): see LAPL

The NPPL is a UK licence and the course requirement is a minimum of 32 hours flying training. It will soon be phased out. It is a stepping stone to the new EASA LAPL at RTFs. You will need to reach the same standards for general handling and navigation as for the JAR-PPL but will not need the training in the use of radio navigation aids.

 

There are 7 multi-choice exams and a Radio Telephony practical exam to pass, the same ones as the EASA PPL.

 

When all the flying training has been completed and all the exams passed there is a Navigation Flight Test and a Skills Test (General handling) to pass.

 

With a NPPL you will be able to pilot single engine piston aeroplanes, up to 2000 kilograms (just under 2 tons), carrying a maximum of 4 people (including the pilot) in UK airspace only, in reasonable weather conditions.

 

The medical requirements for a NPPL are less stringent than for an EASA PPL.

 

The European Private Pilots Licence (EASA PPL)

The EASA PPL is a minimum of 45 hours flying training. Please bear in mind when budgeting that the national average is closer to 55 hours, and "promises" by organisations of completion in 45 hours may not be met!

 

There are 9 multi-choice exams to pass. The subjects are:

Aviation Law,

Operational Procedures

Human Performance 

Meteorology

Navigation

Aircraft Technical

Principles of Flight

Flight Performance and Planning 

Communications Theory.

There is also a Radio Telephony Practical test to pass. No-one says the exams are easy, but do not be concerned as guidance will be given to you to help you study for and pass them.

 

When all the flying training has been completed and all the exams passed there is a Flying Skills Test to pass. The test includes general handling and navigation. With an EASAPPL you will be able to pilot single engine piston aeroplanes, up to 5700 kilograms (about 5½ tons, quite big aeroplanes!), carrying as many passengers as they will hold, anywhere (in theory) in the world, in reasonable weather conditions.

 

Call 07841 465865 or email bruceabbott@hotmail.co.uk

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